Nikola Tesla Images and Photographs
The first attempt to demolish Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower
In 1917, Tesla still hadn't raised the money he needed to complete the World Wireless System at Wardenclyffe and the $200,000, 187-foot tall tower was order demolished. Some reports indicate that the U.S. government was behind the demolition as there was fear of German spies using it as a landmark. More likely, however, is that Mr. Boldt, then manager of the Waldorf-Astoria and holder of the deed to Wardenclyffe, ordered the tower sold for scrap to pay the debt Tesla had owed them for years.